courtesy of ‘Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie’
This weekend is the Marine Corps Marathon, one of the largest races in the Washington region. Over 30,000 people are signed up for the marathon and 10K, and many streets in Arlington and the District will be closed for the event. Good luck to everyone who is running!
But once the last runner crosses the finish line on Sunday, don’t think that running season is over in the District. We’ve still got several weeks of good road races coming up, including dozens of turkey trots in the area. Here’s the rundown!
‘Marine Corps Marathon madness’
courtesy of ‘BrianMKA’
October is the month for running in the DC area– you can’t beat the weather, and since it is near the end of the running season most runners are already in shape for races. There are all sorts of fantastic races scheduled in October– everything from 2-mile walks to a full marathon. Here are just a few highlights in the running world:
Saturday, October 2 is the 24th Annual AIDS Walk downtown at Freedom Plaza. This 5K features both a fundraising walk and a timed run, and proceeds go to benefit HIV/AIDS programs at the Whitman-Walker Clinic. If you can’t be there to run or walk, you can even be a ‘sleep walker’ and you don’t even need to show up on race day. Registration is $35 for the timed run and $25 for the walk.
The Capital Area Gulf Coast Relief Run, a 5K run/walk in Potomac, MD, will be held on Sunday, October 3. This event will start at Winston Churchill High School, and is sponsored by the school’s Key Club to raise money for communities devastated by the oil spill in the Gulf region earlier this year. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $15 for a Kids Fun Run.
courtesy of ‘theqspeaks’
As America’s fittest city, the District is home to a high concentration of athletes, and it seems like every week brings another road race or triathlon to town. With everything from 5Ks to marathons coming up in the next couple months, fall is a busy time for road races in the DC area.
If you’ve always wanted to start running, now’s the time to start– the weather can’t be beat, and a Couch Potato to 5K training program will have you ready for your first 5K in just 2 months! Don’t believe you can do it? Well, 2 years ago I couldn’t run more than two blocks without stopping, but I followed the training program, got bitten by the running bug, and now I’ve got countless 5Ks and 10Ks under my belt, along with a handful of half-marathons and triathlons.
Ready to race? Here’s what’s going on in the running world over the next month.